Statin users have lower pneumonia death rates, study finds

04/5/2011 | Reuters

Adults with pneumonia who were already taking Pfizer's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor or other cholesterol-lowering statins had a lower mortality rate compared with nonusers in the six months after diagnosis, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. The finding appears to support previous evidence that lowering cholesterol levels might strengthen the immune system to fight infections.

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